US-based SB Architects has completed design work for the first phase of Waterfront City on the Mediterranean Sea near Beirut, Lebanon.
The new mixed-use project, located around 15km from Beirut’s Central District, will be built around a pedestrian promenade elevated 7m above sea level.
SB Architects partnered with architecture firm Sean K Simms on the master plan, and worked with local architecture firm Erga Group on the design of the first phase.
The first phase of the 48-acre project will include 270 residences rising eight levels above street level.
All the residences will be accessed through elevators and will offer views of the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Lebanon mountains to the east.
In the upper level of the building, there will be penthouses that will have planted rooftop terraces, while the first floor residences will feature terraces with private pools and pool houses.
The design of the waterfront residences will combine modern architectural massing and design elements with traditional patterning and materials to fit in with Beirut’s historic neighbourhoods.
SB Architects will continue work on future phases of the Waterfront City development, which will include further retail development, residences and a hotel, as well as a destination shopping mall and commercial office space.
Upon completion, the project will have over 5,000 residential units as well as various retail and commercial districts.
The project is scheduled to break ground in summer 2012.
Image: The project will have over 5,000 residential units, as well as various retail and commercial districts upon completion. Photo: Business Wire.